Sustainability

  • In 2015, MIT set a goal to reduce its campus greenhouse gas emissions by at least 32% below 2014 levels by 2030 and to strive to reach carbon neutrality as soon as possible.
  • From 2014 through 2018, MIT reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 20%, taking into account the purchase of solar power from Summit Farms.
  • Through its Access MIT program, the Institute provides generous subsidies for low-carbon commuting—including subway, bus, bicycling, and commuter rail.
  • MIT sponsors four Blue Bikes stations on campus, with a total of 106 docks. The MIT community has completed more than 362,000 bike-share trips since July 2017.
  • New construction and major renovation projects on campus aim to meet the national LEED Gold (version 4) certification standard, reflecting MIT’s dedication to building healthy, high-performance facilities. To date, MIT has completed 12 LEED projects on campus, ranging from residence halls to renovations in the Main Group.
  • An Environment and Sustainability Minor offers undergraduates an opportunity to delve into interdisciplinary coursework and investigations into real-world challenges facing people and the planet.

MIT is committed to leadership in sustainability and strong climate action at the local level, making strides to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the MIT campus, using the campus itself as a test bed for sustainability innovation and education, and partnering with the cities of Cambridge and Boston.

The Campus Sustainability Task Force published a report in 2018 outlining a vision and plan of action for campus sustainability at MIT. The report addresses how research, education, operations, living, and organizational transformation position MIT to serve as a powerful leader for sustainability. To ensure that our campus and community are prepared to address the current and future risks of climate change and their anticipated impacts, MIT is engaging climate modelers, scientists, and engineers on collaborative climate resiliency planning.

MIT has many offices, programs, and initiatives working to address sustainability and climate change issues, including the MIT Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Solutions Initiative, the MIT Energy Initiative, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab.

MIT also has a vibrant ecosystem of student and staff groups promoting sustainability on campus, including the Graduate Student Council and Undergraduate Association's committees on sustainability, and the staff Working Green Committee. Initiatives range from a monthly Choose to Reuse swapfest to hackathons that engage students, industry, and thought partners in finding real-life solutions to sustainability challenges.

As a founding member of the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, MIT works with Cambridge, Harvard University, and more than 15 local businesses and organizations to achieve a more healthy, livable, and sustainable future. MIT is also a member of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.